Category Archives: Physician’s Formula

Concealer Swatch-A-Thon

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I was suprised to realize that I own 15 concealers and three concealer palettes (the two L’oreal True Match concealer crayons – [review // $8.99 at Ulta] are not pictured below because they live in my desk at work; swatches are in my original review). Here’s a roundup – I’ll start with a description of each concealer, organized by type, with all swatches at the bottom.

Concealer Comparison

The lightweight, light-reflecting concealers:
Clinique Airbrush // Maybelline Lumi // Physician’s Formula Spotless // Rimmel Match Perfection

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Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster BB Cream Review & Swatches

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PF Bronze Booster BB

Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster BB Cream

Whoever is in charge of Physician’s Formula seems to be totally obsessed with bronzers – there are 34 different TYPES (not shades) listed on their website. Their newest bronzer-related innovation is a “Bronze Booster” Glow-boosint BB cream that supposedly replaces moisturizer, foundation, sunscreen, and bronzer.  It sounded to me like it would likely just be a too-dark foundation, but I was too intrigued not to try it out (on sale!).

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Physician’s Formula Youthful Wear Spotless Rollerball Concealer Quick Review & Swatches

Purchased – Affiliate Links PF Spotless concealer I’ve been wanting to try a rollerball-type concealer for a while now, but given that I have plenty of concealer and minimal undereye circles, I couldn’t justify the $10+ price tag on most of the popular ones. The concealer I’m reviewing today (awkwardly named the Youthful Wear Cosmeceutical Youth Boosting Spotless Concealer SPF 15) actually retails for around $13, but between a 40% off sale and a $3 off coupon, I managed to snag it for a bit under $5.

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Black Eyeliner Swatches, Comparisons, Wear Test

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Black Eyeliner Comparison

eyeliner overload!

I’ve done black eyeliner swatches before, and even did a post with a wear test way back when my blog was new, but I have different eyeliners now and I wanted to see how they compared.

Instead of trying to keep track of which swatch was which, I wrote an abbreviation for the brand on my arm. The follow table has the abbreviation, name of the eyeliner, and type of eyeliner. Continue reading

Physician’s Formula Three Shades of Grey Nail Polish Swatch & Review

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Today at CVS I found a display with the new Physician’s Formula nail polishes. They’re selling for about $10 for a set of three, which (like most PF items), seems overpriced to me.  However, they had a $2 off coupon attached, and CVS has a $7 off of a $10 PF purchase this week, so I only paid around $1 for the set!

I bought the “Three Shades of Grey” set, which includes a light grey creme, purple-grey shimmer, and a silver metallic shade. The bottles are very small -they’re labeled as “Total .45 fl oz”, which means that each one is .15fl oz.

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As you can see, the nail polishes snap together and snap apart. It seems a little gimmicky to me – why would I want to have my nail polish snapped together? But, the good news is the polish is quite nice! The grey creme was opaque in one coat; the other two were a little bit more sheer, but fine in two coats.  Note that the polishes are not individually named. The following photo does not have topcoat.

physician's formula three shades of grey - swatches

I did my nails with the grey-purple shimmer today – the color is quite lovely, and varies significantly with the light, sometimes looking more purple, sometimes looking more grey.  I don’t think I have anything quite like it! The following photo does have topcoat.

physician's formula three shades of grey swatch

Overall, I these polishes are quite nice – worth buying during a sale!

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New 2013 Physician’s Formula Bronze Booster Review & Swatches

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition

This new 2013 addition to Physician’s Formula’s Bronze Booster line of bronzers wins the longest name award – it’s apparently called the Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil – Deluxe Edition. It comes in two shades — Light/Medium and Medium/Dark — and I purchased both to swatch and review.

I don’t like the packaging – it’s a large, rounded-bottom compact with a brush included. I almost always dislike included brushes because I prefer to use my own tools and they just take up space. This is no exception – the compact would be sleek and pretty without the brush, but with it, it’s bulky and annoying. The brush is a nice shape, but it’s a bit scratchy and I don’t plan to use it.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition packaging

packaging; compact with included brush

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The bronzer itself, however, is lovely – I really like the sunburst design, and (to be perfectly honest) it’s the main reason I was attracted to these bronzers in the first place. It makes me wish the compact were prettier to better show off the design! Do note that the bronzer is quite soft, so the sun design will wear away quickly. I swatched from one edge, and the design is already gone from that area of the bronzers.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition - light / medium

Light / Medium

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition - medium / dark

Medium / Dark

The bronzers appear to have a very metallic sheen in the pan, and I was curious as to whether it was an overspray, or if they were the same texture all the way through. I dug a little way into one, and can confirm that there is no overspray – the top layer swatches identically to the lower layers.

Texturewise, these bronzers are very soft (almost to the point of being crumbly), and very smooth.  They are quite pigmented, and quite shimmery – I personally would not consider using them to contour, and I probably wouldn’t use them as bronzer either.  I think they’d actually make fantastic highlighters for darker-skinned women.  I also tested them out as eyeshadow, and they work well – they’re on the sheer side for eyeshadow, but workable, and very pretty.

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition - light medium swatches

Light / Medium: Heavy swatch, blended swatch

Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition - medium dark swatches

Medium / Dark: Heavy swatch, blended swatch

Swatches - Physician's Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Airbrushing Veil - Deluxe Edition

Comparison: Light / Medium, Medium / Dark

 Overall, I’d recommend these if you’re looking for a glowy, shimmery bronzer. The bulky packaging isn’t my favorite, but the design is very pretty! The product itself is of nice quality – soft, pigmented, and very blendable, and the two colors are both wearable and nice.   These are expensive – I see them on Ulta.com for $15.99 each – but Physician’s Formula frequently has great  sales at the drugstore — 40% off, $6 off any product, etc. The new displays of these also have $3 off stickers (mine did), which can be combined with other discounts. 

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